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Pipe cutouts

Hidden fasteners

These photos show how I make cutouts in

Fasteners are an eyesore, not a decorative part of the

polycarbonate for pipes that need to shoot through an

canvas. So why do we want to see them? These photos

enclosure. There is no need for fabric borders in these

show the before and after of how I sew a flap to the

areas, and as you can see, it makes for a clean and

inside of the panel for fasteners to be installed in. This

sexy look. It looks like the pipe magically shoots through

allows the fasteners to be hidden from the outside and

the glass. This takes very careful planning and precise

for the enclosure to blend in with the boat, creating a

patterning to make sure the panels line up perfectly

much cleaner look. The flap eliminates the wrinkles that

and there are no large gaps.

the fasteners themselves can create. It disperses the pull
throughout the flap so the panel itself stays flat. Most of
the time the existing fasteners are installed in the wrong
spot, and there is no method to the madness of where
they are placed. I don't believe in following the mistakes
that were made before me. Installing an additional flap
for the fasteners allows you to use the existing fasteners, if
placed correctly, or to add additional fasteners wherever
you would like. Random fastener placement is no longer
an issue because they will not be seen.

" We like to think
of our work as
creative art
projects rather
than products. "

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technique and how it is stitched
needs to be carefully thought out for
durability and strength.
Key #2: Functionality. Canvas
needs to function properly, and this
can vary due to each customer's needs.
Some functionality basics include:
*	 Ease of installation. It needs to install
and uninstall easily with no struggle.
*	 Zippers. Doorway zippers and
U-zippers need to be easily accessible
and fold or roll up easily. Lanyards
are a great way to make zippers easier
for customers to use.
*	 Visibility. A clear view is a big factor
for customers. Ensure there are
minimal obstructions to their view.

Key #3: Aesthetics. Canvas needs
to be aesthetically pleasing or, as I like
to say, Sexy. The canvas needs to be
smooth, flat and the lines need to flow
and complement the lines of the boat.
Stitching needs to be straight, and back
tacks need to be clean.
No rules except fun
Beyond these three basic keys, there
are no rules to follow. Just because
everyone else does it that way, or it's
been done that way for years, doesn't
mean you have to do it that way. It also
doesn't mean that it's the right way to
do it. Keep your mind open to new
things and let your imagination run



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